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Shelter for Seeds

Shelter for Seeds
  • Visit "Dispersal," which runs at the Arnold Arboretum in Boston through January 26th. Link
  • Boston Globe's write-up of "The Seedpod Army" Link
  • Learn more about Anna and her work Link

Anna Laurent is a writer, producer, and talented photographer out of Los Angeles with a passion for botany…

Her interest in plants is explored through her most recent photographic work which studies seedpods–their diverse structures, functions, and conveyance mechanisms used to protect and disperse seeds.

“Individually, each photograph is a fine art portrait of a unique botanic specimen; as a series, it is a scientific inquiry into the diversity of botanic design,” says Anna. The series of macro portraits has studied seedpods collected from Iraq to Hawaii, and the most recent specimen gathering locations being the Arnold Arboretum in Boston, MA, and our own gardens!

At The Ecology Center, we too are inspired by myriad types of shelter–whether used by humans, animals, or in this case, seeds. We were honored to welcome Anna into our gardens to harvest, photograph, and celebrate the diversity of seed shelter on our site. (The photographic slideshow features a variety of the seeds harvested from The Ecology Center’s garden).

An exhibit of her work, Dispersal, is on display at Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum until January 26th. It is also featured in the January-February 2014 issue of Harvard Magazine and was featured in the Boston Globe.

This collection of local seed will be featured in the upcoming issue of Evolve #9 / Shelter. Watch for it in February, and visit to see her first six installments of Dispersal.